The salary and other emoluments of a new Super Eagles’ foreign coach will be taken care of by a $1.5 million bond secured by the Nigeria Football Federation, (NFF) from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
The NFF executive committee said the successful coach for the national team will be announced on July 18. Frenchman Paul le Guen, Belgian coach, Tom Saintfiet and the country’s caretaker coach, Salisu Yusuf, have been shortlisted for the Super Eagles top post.
The Federal Government had however made it clear it will not pay for any foreign coach hired by the NFF for the Super Eagles ahead of the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, but could approve such appointment if the federation guaranteed the payment of such a coach.
However, a top NFF official said the NFF now has a bond of $1.5 million from NNPC and so they can employ a foreign coach. He adds that the era of the federation owing coaches their salaries will now be history.
The NFF have expressed confidence they will convince the caretaker coach, Salisu Yusuf, to work with a foreign coach even after he insisted he wishes to head the Super Eagles on a permanent basis.
54-year-old Yusuf has been assistant coach to Stephen Keshi, Sunday Oliseh and Samson Siasia, and he has made it very clear he now wishes to lead the Super Eagles beginning with the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.
Yusuf is one of the three coaches that were shortlisted for the job on Friday, but the NFF are looking at either Tom Sainfiet or Paul Le Guen as the Eagles new handler. They, however, want Yusuf to join the new team as a chief coach with a better contract.
According to AfricanFootball.com, the officials want Salisu to work with the foreign coach, not under him. He will understudy the new man with the plan to take over the team thereafter.
They hope they can get him to agree this new arrangement especially as he will bring continuity to the team having worked with most of the country’s players for more than a year.
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He will also be given more responsibilities, like heading the home-based Eagles, which as assistant Eagles coach, he did not enjoy and all his unpaid salaries will also be cleared.